Membership is open to general interest, humor, items, op-ed, video, multimedia or other columnists. Academics and student columnists also are eligible to join. The annual conference is NSNC’s primary event. It electronically publishes a monthly newsletter.
The NSNC advocates for columnists and free-press issues.
The society is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit business league incorporated in California, while the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated in Texas.